Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone


Author: Joseph S. Meisel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231505825

Category: History

Page: 336

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By the last decades of the nineteenth century, more people were making more speeches to greater numbers in a wider variety of venues than at any previous time. This book argues that a recognizably modern public life was created in Victorian Britain largely through the instrumentality of public speech. Shedding new light on the careers of many of the most important figures of the Victorian era and beyond, including Gladstone, Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, John Bright, Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Canon Liddon, the book traces the ways in which oratory came to occupy a central position in the conception and practice of Victorian public life. Not a study of rhetoric or a celebration of great oratory, the book stresses the social developments that led to the production and consumption of these speeches.


The Experimental Life


Author: Christa Jungnickel,Russell McCormmach

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754450

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 814

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History of Lord Charles Cavendish and his son Henry, who made their mark in eighteenth-century Britain in the fields of politics and science respectively.

Britain in the Age of the French Revolution

1785 - 1820


Author: Jennifer Mori

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317891899

Category: History

Page: 270

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This new survey looks at the impact in Britain of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic aftermath, across all levels of British society. Jennifer Mori provides a clear and accessible guide to the ideas and intellectual debates the revolution stimulated, as well as popular political movements including radicalism.

The Enlightened Joseph Priestley

A Study of His Life and Work from 1773 to 1804


Author: Robert E. Schofield

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271046244

Category: History

Page: 461

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Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) is one of the major figures of the English Enlightenment. A contemporary and friend of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, he exceeded even these polymaths in the breadth of his curiosity and learning. Yet no one has attempted an all-inclusive biography of Priestley, probably because he was simply too many persons for anyone easily to comprehend in a single study. Robert Schofield has devoted a lifetime of scholarship to this task. The result is a magisterial book, covering the life and works of Priestley during the critical first forty years of his life. Although Priestley is best known as a chemist, this book is considerably more than a study in the history of science. As any good biographer must, Schofield has thoroughly studied the many activities in which Priestley was engaged. Among them are theology, electricity, chemistry, politics, English grammar, rhetoric, and educational philosophy. Schofield situates Priestley, the provincial dissenter, within the social, political, and intellectual contexts of his day and examines all the works Priestley wrote and published during this period. Schofield singles out the first forty years of Priestley's life because these were the years of preparation and trial during which Priestley qualified for the achievements that were to make him famous. The discovery of oxygen, the defenses of Unitarianism, and the political liberalism that characterize the mature Priestley - all are foreshadowed in the young Priestley. A brief epilogue looks ahead to the next thirty years when Priestley was forced out of England and settled in Pennsylvania, the subject of Schofield's next book. But this volume stands alone as thedefinitive study of the making of Joseph Priestley.

Observations on the Discourse of Natural Theology by Henry, Lord Brougham

Chiefly Relating to His Lordship's Doctrine of the Immateriality of the Human Mind, as Proved by Psychological Phenomena; the Applicability of the Inductive Method of Proof to Natural Theology, So Far as Relates to Psychological Facts; Dreams ... and the Bearing of the "Discourse" on Divine Revelation ...


Author: Thomas Wallace

Publisher: N.A


Category: Natural theology

Page: 163

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